MES4560 – Topics in Islamic Studies II

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Course content

Topic spring 2019: "Islam before Europe: Islamic reform movements of the 18th century"

This course focuses on one or more central topics in the field of Islamic studies. These topics are related to past or ongoing research activities in the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages. They may include topics such as Islam and politics, Islamism and secularism, violent Islamist movements, classical Arabic Islamic texts, etc.

The specific topic of the course will be announced before the semester starts, and the course does not overlap with REL4510 – Topics in Islamic Studies I

The course is based on the reading, analysis and discussion of sources in English and, whenever possible, in a Middle Eastern language. Training in methodology, team work, essay writing and oral presentation is an integral part of the course.

Learning outcome

Participants will learn to read extensively, and to analyze sources relevant for the study of Islam as an academic discipline. They will learn to work in a team, in order to discuss, produce, and present academic knowledge in oral and written forms.

Examples of thematic courses that may be given in MES4560:

  • “Classical Arabic Islamic Texts: Grammatical and Cultural Issues”
  • “Arabic Manuscripts”
  • “Key Concepts of Arabic Language and Islamic Culture”
  • “Political Islam“
  • “Violent Islamist Movements in the Middle East”


Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.


Formal prerequisite knowledge

Please see the admission requirements defined by the programme option Middle East Studies.


The course is taught through a combination of lectures and seminars organised as 10 classes of 2 hrs each throughout the semester. The course presupposes active participation.

Compulsory tuition activities such as presentations and submission of assignments must be completed and submitted within the given deadlines, and approved by the teacher in order for you to sit the exam. Approved tuition activities are only valid for the current semester.

This is how you apply for a valid absence from compulsory activities/compulsory attendance 


Term paper, to be submitted in Inspera. The subject of the paper must be relevant to the course and approved by the lecturer. The term paper should be between 8-10 pages, not counting front page and references.

Compulsory tuition activities must be completed and approved in order for you to sit exam.

Information regarding submission of assignments at IKOS.

Grading guidelines spring 2019

Submit assignments in Inspera

You submit your assignment in the digital examination system Inspera. Read about how to submit assignments in Inspera.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Facts about this course






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Every spring

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